HotAir Daily Express 10/01/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Videos: ObamaCare rollout performance … “lower than projected”
10/1/2013 10:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
“Lower than projected” was, of course, the Orwellian description from HHS of skyrocketing premiums last week, approved for today’s rollout of ObamaCare.  It’s also a good way to describe today’s rollout of ObamaCare itself,

DC worries: Will shutdown mean we’re finally going to feel the recession?
10/1/2013 9:21:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Washington Post ran this as a straight news story, which tells you all you need to know about irony in DC. We’ll start with the story itself.  Here’s Washington DC today: Washington, a company town unlike any other in America, was on the

Christie: This shutdown is a failure of executive leadership
10/1/2013 8:41:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Chris Christie isn’t terribly impressed with leadership on either side of the aisle on Capitol Hill in the shutdown, but he’s even less impressed with leadership on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Appearing in a panel discussion at an

10/1/2013 8:01:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last night, the federal government shut down for the first time in over seventeen years. At the last moment, John Boehner pushed through a conference rule, but Harry Reid rejected it, demanding a six-week clean CR before agreeing to negotiate any further

The Fed Just Guaranteed $9 Gas and $3800 Gold

The Scary Truth Behind Washington Budget Fights

Obamacare Projected to Spike Gold Prices

Entitled federal workers tell Washington Post they’re totally essential
9/30/2013 10:41:16 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
In an impressive display of Beltway mentality, the Washington Post invited federal workers to sing the blues about their possible furloughs, should the government shut down. These federal workers already have better pay and benefits than most of the

Federal judge to DOJ: No, you may not dismiss this Fast & Furious case just because you feel like it
9/30/2013 10:01:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
The last time we checked in on Operation Fast and Furious, the bloody and not-”botched” gunrunning scandal in which the ATF pressed American gun dealers into funneling at least 2,000 weapons to cartels across the Mexican border with no

Maryland ringing up record gun sales as deadline approaches
9/30/2013 9:21:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
ObamaCare isn’t the only deadline that arrives tomorrow.  Maryland residents face new restrictions on the purchase — but not ownership — of firearms starting tomorrow, thanks to Governor Martin O’Malley’s push on gun control

China cracking down on newsy mobile apps for impeding progress, or something
9/30/2013 8:41:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
If the the prospect of a potential government shutdown later this evening has got you feeling down, or if perhaps you find yourself lamenting the degree of so-called “dysfunction” that the present budgetary climate has inspired on Capitol

Game over: After CNN documentary on Hillary is canceled, NBC drops Hillary miniseries
9/30/2013 8:01:14 PM  Allahpundit
Too bad. There were rich dramatic possibilities in the story of a wronged spouse who became a passable U.S. senator and then a subpar presidential candidate before rising above it all to achieve mediocrity as secretary of state. They can always revisit

Open thread: The obligatory “late-night shutdown drama in the House” post
9/30/2013 7:06:25 PM  Allahpundit
A traditional “Quotes of the Day” post won’t cut it today with a shutdown looming at midnight and Boehner trying to find a way between the RINO/tea party Scylla and Charybdis, so here’s your evening thread to banter about

House re-couples, staggers “farm bill” as the clock winds down
9/30/2013 6:41:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
Not unpredictably, it looks like the mid-summer drama that was the House’s legislative divorce of the traditional omnibus “farm bill” into its two parent issues of food stamps and ‘agricultural’ policy was all for naught, at

Video: Reason’s Nanny of the Month is …
9/30/2013 6:01:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s the fourth birthday for Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month, and they have an interesting range of choices today.  Banning paparazzi and curtailing party buses take a back seat (groan) to the latest effort to watch for zero-tolerance

Jindal to Obama admin: By all means, come tell Louisiana parents why their children should be stuck in failing schools
9/30/2013 5:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
About a month ago, the Department of Justice made the bizarre and by almost all accounts counterproductive decision to sue the state of Louisiana for working to turn around the state’s low-performing public school system and allowing low-income

Open thread: Obama to make undoubtedly helpful statement about shutdown at 4:45 p.m. ET; Update: “You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job”
9/30/2013 4:30:01 PM  Allahpundit
Two ways he could go with this. One: Something conciliatory designed to make it easier for Boehner to agree to an eleventh-hour face-saving compromise. Two: Tough talk designed to show Republicans he intends to use the bully pulpit every day during a

House Dems to Boehner: If you drop the ObamaCare demands and pass a clean CR, we’ll accept sequestration spending levels; Update: Could next House CR fail?
9/30/2013 4:01:51 PM  Allahpundit
I’m surprised they’d even offer. A little while ago, I tweeted out a question: Since there are surely more than 30 Republicans who’d vote for Reid’s clean CR, why doesn’t Pelosi bring a discharge petition forcing Boehner to

Video: CNN anchor not handling this shutdown thing very well
9/30/2013 3:21:34 PM  Allahpundit
You know the coverage is likely to be especially fragrant, shall we say, when they’re warning you in advance to hold your nose. A vignette from “Morning Joe” via Newsbusters: WILLIE GEIST: Mark, at this point then, what is President

The Ed Morrissey Show: Jim Geraghty, Kevin McCullough
9/30/2013 2:51:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Jim Geraghty returns to discuss the impending shutdown showdown in Washington DC. Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about the Steelers and

Mitch McConnell offers Plan C: How about funding the government for one week while we continue negotiating?
9/30/2013 2:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
As expected, in the past hour Reid and the Senate Democrats killed the House’s Plan B bill calling for a one-year delay in ObamaCare. And so, inevitably, the one-week stopgap option appears. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is floating a

AP fact check: No, you can’t keep your plan, and other things we should have already reported
9/30/2013 2:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
With just one day left to go before the federal government makes health insurance mandatory through its glitchy and unsecured exchanges, the Associated Press decided to do a fact check on recent claims by politicians on both sides of the issue. Among the

Hollywood, women’s magazines pulling hard for ObamaCare
9/30/2013 1:21:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
ObamaCare and its exchanges finally open for business tomorrow, and the ensuing six-month enrollment period is going to mean a concerted effort from the Obama administration and its many progressive allies to persuade the young and healthy people they

Boehner: If this shutdown standoff is an emergency, why didn’t the Senate meet yesterday?
9/30/2013 12:41:31 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Corner, something to keep you occupied while we wait for shutdown fee-vah to resume at 2 p.m. ET. That’s when Reid will — finally — call the Senate into session to reject the House’s new CR demanding a one-year delay to

CNN poll: Republicans will get more blame than Democrats in a shutdown, you know
9/30/2013 12:01:34 PM  Ed Morrissey
Color me shocked, shocked by this finding from CNN’s latest poll on the possible shutdown.  Also, color me shocked by the rather strange questions in the poll itself: If the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter

U.S. intel: Official’s leak to media about Al Qaeda’s terror plot may have hurt us more than Snowden’s leaks
9/30/2013 11:21:49 AM  Allahpundit
To refresh your memory, the terror threat that forced the closing of 19 U.S. diplomatic outposts abroad in early August was treated as unusually dire by U.S. counterterrorism because of the people involved in the communications about it. They

Producer of CNN’s Hillary documentary throws in the towel
9/30/2013 10:41:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
The last word on the two attempts to make Hillary Clinton into broadcast-network entertainment had NBC rethinking its determination to make a Diane Lane-starring miniseries, but CNN on track to make a documentary in time for a 2016 release.  Now,